Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Normally I like to include a few different books in my reading lists, instead of talking about just one book, but I haven't been up on my reading much lately and I couldn't not talk about The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. Oh it's GOOD.

It tells the mysterious story of Allan Karlsson, who escapes his old people's home on the morning of his 100th birthday. As the story twists and turns with hilarious results, the author dips into the century of Allan's life and uncovers all sorts of surprises that have been cleverly woven into the real history of the past 100 years. The storytelling is so persuasive, I had to google a few things just to double check this Mr. Karlsson wasn't real! If you read one book this month, make it this one!

Also, I'm going on holiday in 2 weeks and I need your book recommendations please! I was to-ing and fro-ing with getting a kindle, but I don't want to worry about it getting stolen on the beach and I'd much rather have a real book in my hands. So I need some holiday reads that are meaty enough to get me through 10 days of (blissfully) doing nothing, but that are not going to weigh down my hand luggage either.


  1. i read this book a couple of months ago and i completely agree - it's brilliant! i saw it in a store and decided to buy it mainly because it had such a long and intriguing name :) but the story itself didn't disappoint. i love how there are two parallel stories about the past and the present, and the humor. great book, it's hard to put it down.

  2. I read this book about 2 years ago and I really loved it too! Great that you are sharing this! I would love some recommendations too actually ^^

    1. Thanks Lucie, if you follow the 'books' tag I have lots of recommendations! (http://www.catherinesprunt.com/search/label/books).

      Have you seen the film? I'd love to know if it lives up to the book

  3. Oh this was such a gem, one of my favourites recently for sure. I missed the film when it hit cinemas, but will definitely catch it on dvd when it's out. I took The Miniaturist on holiday this summer and absolutely loved it. It was on my kindle, but it's not huge as far as I know. Will look forward to hearing what you choose!

  4. This one's on my TBR list, so glad you enjoyed it! I really enjoyed reading Kate Atkinson's 'Life After Life' by the pool this summer. Haruki Murakami's new book, 'Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki', is also a gem - it'll probably last you a couple of days on the beach! x